Fats, oils and grease, also known as FOG, is one of the most harmful types of waste flushed down the drain. The primary source of FOG is cooking and food preparation, and while residential homes are significant contributors, commercial restaurants and manufacturing plants are actually the biggest source. Most restaurants produce FOG constantly due the nature of their work. While many dispose of it properly via a trash can or recycling program, FOG still makes its way down into the sewers at an alarming rate.
As the sewer inspection industry has evolved, the trend has been a shift from slow mechanical methods to automated digital processes. WinCan has pioneered new ways for municipalities and contractors to understand wastewater systems and manage their sewer data, and now we’re streamlining the way users engage with those solutions.
WinCan’s new downloadable quick guide, Mapping With WinCan, is a valuable resource for operators and engineers alike. With helpful descriptions and examples of tiling, layering and analysis tools, this guide introduces users to WinCan’s array of mapping features and workflows.
More than ever before, municipalities are working to build digital models of their sewer networks that reveal the intricacies of both form and function. GIS mapping software has become an essential tool in this endeavor, and for many sewer professionals, Esri’s ArcGIS stands out as the pinnacle of geographic information systems.
In May 2021, WinCan introduced Sewermatics data services into its suite of wastewater infrastructure management technologies, enhancing the asset management ecosystem WinCan users have come to rely on. In our latest webinar, Sewermatics’ business development manager, Yaman Omar, and WinCan's general manager for the Americas, Mike Russin, showcase the full breadth of AI-powered data services and the industry pain points they aim to address.
Sewer inspection reports allow wastewater teams to review and share vital information about a system’s condition, functionality, risks and maintenance plan. They highlight data from sections, inspections, observations or ratings, and they serve as records that can be referenced for future maintenance, planning and trends. And the data they contain ensures more informed decisions are made regarding rehabilitation and inspection.
Ovality measurements can identify potential risks to a pipe’s integrity, making them a vital part of sewer inspection and maintenance. With a laser profiler and WinCan on hand, wastewater teams can easily gather information about a pipe’s diameter as part of a routine inspection. Inspection teams simply need to gather media, calibrate the Laser Scan module in WinCan and record the data.
When your primary focus is sewer inspections, it’s easy to lose sight of wastewater’s intended destination: a treatment plant. Wastewater treatment is the process of removing organic and inorganic matter, chemicals and other pollutants from water, ensuring it is clean and safe for discharge into the local environment.
Sewer inspection workflows vary from one municipality to the next. They are often built around the structure of the inspection team, but equipment, budget and the size of a sewer system all play an important role in determining what workflow makes the most sense for a given community. With so many different inspection, asset management and mapping solutions on the market today, there is no end to the possibilities. Take a look at the workflows below to get an idea of how WinCan workflows compare to more traditional, manual workflows.